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THIVIER, Eugène

Nightmare

Nightmare
Date : 1894
Designation : groupe relié
Field : Sculpture
Material : Marbre
Technique : Taille
Dimensions (cm) : Largeur : 215 Hauteur : 133 Profondeur : 71
Location : Exhibited
Room : escalier Darcy
Inventory number : RI 1156

A work that has achieved ‘cult’ status: The Nightmare.

A Parisian sculptor barely known otherwise, Eugène Thivier (1845-1920) dealt with a subject close to the Symbolist movement. This allegorical sculpture (the representation of an abstract idea by a living being) presents a naked reclining woman suffering a nightmare. However, the theme of dreaming is above all the pretext for a voluptuous feminine nude, in the fin-de-siècle spirit – both morbid and erotic at once.
 

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